CULLOWHEE – Teams from North and South Carolina universities will display the African-American tradition of “stepping” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Stompfest 2005, part of Homecoming activities at Western Carolina University.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western.
Stepping originated with the “boot-dances” of slaves in the coal and diamond mines of South Africa who performed precision step routines to pass away the time as they worked in the mines. African-American fraternities and sororities adapted the evolving art form in the 1920s, and the tradition has expanded through the history of those Greek-lettered organizations.
Stompfest has been a featured part of Western’s Homecoming festivities for more than 10 years. Stompfest 2005 will feature African-American fraternities and sororities from Western, and from Clemson, Elon and Winthrop universities, competitively stepping for prize money and bragging rights.
“We are excited about Stompfest and all of the Homecoming activities and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the show,” said Tanisha Jenkins, Western’s director of multicultural affairs.
Comedian Lav Luv will serve as emcee for the event. Luv has performed at comedy clubs across the nation, and has appeared on three seasons of the television program “Comic View” on Black Entertainment Television.
The event is sponsored by Western’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Student Involvement.
Tickets for Stompfest are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets or more information, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (828) 227-2276 or the Center for Student Involvement at (828) 227-7450.